More than 20 million people worldwide travel on cruise ships every year. These luxury vacations often promise to relaxation and activities for the whole family. Unfortunately, accidents, assault, and sexual assault commonly occur on cruise lines. These injuries go far beyond physical trauma, and it’s important to file your cruise ship lawsuit as soon as possible because those “terms and conditions” you have to sign before purchasing a ticket dictate how and when you can file a cruise ship accident or assault claim.
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Who Files a Cruise Ship Lawsuit & Where?
You, the passenger, are required to file suit for an injury suffered on a cruise, or a cruise ship assault or sexual assault that happened while onboard against the cruise line where the ticket says you have to. That is, the ticket, which the cruise lines call the Passenger Contract Ticket, always provides a place where suit has to be brought or filed. That provision in the ticket is called a venue selection clause. If you file suit in any place other than where the ticket says, you are not filing suit in the right place, and your suit will be subject to getting dismissed. Additionally, regardless of where you live or where you traveled to, each cruise line lists specific districts of federal and state levels you may file your cruise ship accident.
These venue selection clauses have been held by the courts including the United States Supreme Court to be enforceable under the law which applies to the tickets, the general maritime law. See, Carnival Cruise Lines, Inc. v. Shute, 499 U.S. 585 (1991).
Understanding Venue Selection Clauses
The venue selection clause for each cruise line is located in the cruise lines’ “terms and conditions.” The “terms and conditions” are usually about 16 to 20 pages of legal gobbledygook and doublespeak. They are located on the cruise lines’ websites. No one reads them. Even if you did read them, you may not understand them.
These “terms and conditions” are written by lawyers with one purpose in mind: to protect the cruise line and to make it as hard as possible for you to bring suit against them.
When do I have to bring a claim against a cruise line? Is there a time limit?
There is a time limit for everything in life. And that includes when you have to bring a claim against a cruise line. Cruise passengers who are adults and are injured have 1 year from the date of the injury.
But for injuries to certain people or for a death, the time limit can be up to 3 years. There is a Federal statute which applies to this. That statute is 46 USC Sec. 30508(b)(2) and (d). The statute says that if a minor child or someone who is incompetent is injured, or for the family of someone who dies from the negligence of the cruise line, the time limit is extended up to 3 years. So for a minor child or incompetent person who is injured or for the family of a passenger who dies, the answer is a little more complicated. In those cases, the time clock does not start to run until “the date a legal representative is appointed for the minor, incompetent, or decedent’s estate or 3 years after the injury or death” whichever comes first. The time limit in the cruise passenger ticket is almost always 1 year. But the one year does not start to run until that legal representative is appointed by a court.
This time limit of up to 3 years would apply to a case of sexual assault of a minor child. If someone sexually assaulted a minor child on a cruise, the time for bringing a claim may not now be gone even though most cruise ships have not sailed with passengers in over a year.
When in doubt, call the maritime attorneys who specialize in this specialized area, Hickey Law Firm. Call us now. 1.800.215.7117.
Why Hire an Attorney Who’s Been on Both Sides of These Cases
Our founding attorney spent several decades representing cruise line corporations in these circumstances before switching to defend the victims of these egregious actions and incidents of negligence or wrongdoing. He knows the tactics they will use to seek a lower settlement or have your lawsuit thrown out and is prepared to seek justice on your behalf. At Hickey Law Firm, our job is to cut through all of that gobbledygook and to make it as painless as possible for you to pursue your claim for honest, significant, and permanent injuries. Our Florida cruise ship accident attorneys can provide qualified representation to victims who suffered an injury on what was supposed to be a getaway.
For easy reference, our Miami attorneys have compiled this list of known cruise lines and the names of the ships in service of each company along with their terms and conditions for where to file your cruise ship lawsuit:
- America Cruise Ferries
- American Cruise Lines, Inc.
- Azamara Club Cruises
- Bahamas Paradise Cruise (formerly known as Celebration Cruise Line)
- Balearia Caribbean
- Carnival Cruise Lines
- Celebrity Cruise Lines
- Costa Crociere
- Crystal Cruises
- Cunard Line
- Disney Cruise Line
- Dream Cruises
- Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines
- Holland America
- MSC Cruises
- Norwegian Cruise Lines
- Oceania Cruises
- Pearl Seas Cruises
- Princess Cruises
- Regent Seven Seas
- Royal Caribbean Cruises
- Seabourn (The Yachts of Seabourn)
- Seadream Yacht Club
- Silversea Cruises
- Star Cruises
- Victory Casino Cruises
- Viking Ocean Cruises & Viking River Cruises
- Virgin Voyages
- Windstar Cruises
American Cruise Ferries
This cruise line focuses on the 250-mile trip from Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. The ship was built in the late 1980s in Japan and houses up to 1000 passengers and approximately 60 cars. They boast a well-stocked bar, restaurants, and other activities during the 12-hour trip. According to their “terms and conditions,” you must file a complaint promptly by contacting the company Direct Ferries, but we highly recommend speaking to a cruise ship attorney before you proceed with contacting the cruise line directly.
The liability clauses found in their terms and conditions limit what you can and can’t seek compensation for when it comes to personal injury or assault cases. Our attorneys in Miami can help you file your claim with the right department, state, or country and ensure your rights are protected and you’re given the full settlement you deserve for your injuries and any pain and suffering due to the accident or assault. Your ticket also shows the terms and conditions, which mentions the Athens Convention of 1974 that defines some liabilities for the “Carriage of Passengers and their Luggage by Sea.”
American Cruise Ferries requires you to file your claim with State or Federal Court with Admiralty Jurisdiction located in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and ship names include Caribbean Fantasy.
American Cruise Lines, Inc
American Cruise Lines (ACL) advertises a memorable experience, taking in the heartland of America all the way to New England and then down south to experience true southern hospitality. If you’re injured or assault while onboard one of their cruise ships, you must file your claim in the Federal District Court for District of Connecticut if no federal subject matter jurisdiction then venue in New Haven County. According to the terms and conditions under section 9, you must provide written notice of the claim within six months of the date of the accident or assault, and then file the claim within one calendar years after the date of the incident, and the ACL is served with said lawsuit within 120 days of its filing.
American Cruise Lines’ ships include:
- American Constellation
- American Constitution
- American Pride
- American Song
- American Spirit
- American Star
- American Glory
- Queen of the Mississippi
- Queen of the West
Azamara Club Cruises
This cruise line started the premium, luxury cruise ship line in 2007. They have three ships that follow several routes so you can enjoy numerous European cities and countries. Lawsuits against Azamara Club Cruises must be filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida in Miami-Dade County. According to the Azamara cruise ticket contract, you must send a written notice of the cruise ship accident claim or cruise ship assault claim within six months of the “injury, illness or death” and the lawsuit must be filed within one year. Once the lawsuit has commenced, Azamara Club Cruises must be served within 120 days of its filing.
Azamara Club Cruises has these ships:
- Azamara Journey
- Azamara Pursuit
- Azamara Quest
Bahamas Paradise Cruise (Formerly known as Celebration Cruise)
This cruise line offers travel from Palm Beach, Florida to Grand Bahama Island and provides onboard meals, entertainment, nightlife, casino, spa and salon, and activities for children. While these options sound enticing, like other cruise lines, it’s common for accidents to happen onboard such as slip and fall accidents and activity injuries. Additionally, cruise ships often don’t do thorough background checks on employees, which can put you in danger while on your vacation.
Cruise ship accident claims for Bahama Paradise Cruises must be filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida in Broward County. According to the cruise ticket contract, the timeline for filing a personal injury lawsuit or sexual assault/assault claim is similar to ones listed above.
- Six months to provide a written notice of the claim.
- One year to file the lawsuit.
- 120 days after filing to serve the cruise line with documents.
There are just two ships in the Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line: Grand Celebration and Grand Classica.
Carnival Cruise Lines
Cruise ship accident and assault claims on Carnival Cruise Lines must be filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida in Miami-Dade County. Carnival is one of the most popular cruise lines, and you’ve likely seen the commercials that promise a relaxing, fun vacation for the whole family. However, accidents onboard such as head injury, slip and falls, broken bones, back injury, loss of limb, sexual assault, assault, and other injuries occur on all cruise lines. Carnival also owns other cruise ships including Costa, Princess, Seabourn, Cunard, and Holland America Line.
The Carnival ticket contract is slightly different than the others and involves:
- Full details in writing delivered within 185 days of the injury or death
- Lawsuit must be filed within one year of the event
- Claim must be served to the appropriate Carnival department within 120 days of filing the lawsuit.
Unless those time restrictions are met, you can’t sue for liability for any personal injuries, form of assault, or wrongful death. That’s why it’s essential to contact our Cruise Ship Accident Attorneys in Miami so we can work to make sure you get the full amount of compensation you’re due and to seek justice on behalf of victims.
Carnival Cruise Lines has many ships under its umbrella including:
- Carnival Breeze
- Carnival Conquest
- Carnival Dream
- Carnival Ecstasy
- Carnival Elation
- Carnival Fantasy
- Carnival Fascination
- Carnival Freedom
- Carnival Glory
- Carnival Horizon
- Carnival Imagination
- Carnival Inspiration
- Carnival Legend
- Carnival Liberty
- Carnival Magic
- Carnival Miracle
- Carnival Panorama
- Carnival Paradise
- Carnival Pride
- Carnival Radiance (formerly known as Carnival Victory)
- Carnival Sensation
- Carnival Spirit
- Carnival Sunshine (formerly known as Carnival Triumph)
- Carnival Valor
- Carnival Vista
- Mardi Gras
Celebrity Cruise Lines, identifiable by the “X” in the logo, offers trips to multiple destinations on 14 different vessels. Boasting luxury accommodations, including a Michelin-star chef, Celebrity Cruise Lines maintains an arbitration clause in their cruise contract that will need to be reviewed prior to taking any legal action.
Cruise ship accident claims against Celebrity Cruise Lines must be filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida in Miami-Dade County (cruise ticket contract)
Celebrity Cruise Line ships include:
- Celebrity Apex
- Celebrity Constellation
- Celebrity Eclipse
- Celebrity Edge
- Celebrity Equinox
- Celebrity Flora
- Celebrity Infinity
- Celebrity Millennium
- Celebrity Reflection
- Celebrity Silhouette
- Celebrity Solstice
- Celebrity Summit
- Celebrity Xpedition
- Celebrity Xploration
Founded in 1854, Costa Crociere is an Italian cruise line. It has been a wholly-owned subsidiary of Carnival Corporation since 2000.
Costa Crociere maintains 14 vessels and offers travel to several destinations, including Africa and Pacific Asia. As with all Carnival
Cruises, taking legal action following an accident aboard a Costa Crociere vessel will require:
- Full details in writing delivered within 185 days of the injury or death
- Filing the lawsuit within one year of the event
- Serving the appropriate Carnival department within 120 days of filing the lawsuit
Claims against Costa Crociere must be filed through Courts of Genoa, Italy or against its parent company, the Carnival Corporation, in the United States (Passage Ticket Contract)
Costa Cruise vessels include:
- Costa Deliziosa
- Costa Diadema
- Costa Fascinosa
- Costa Favolosa
- Costa Luminosa
- Costa Magica
- Costa Mediterranea
- Costa neoRiviera
- Costa neoRomantica
- Costa neoClassica
- Costa Pacifica
- Costa Smeralda
- Costa Victoria
Formerly Crystal Cruise, Crystal, Ltd. was purchased by Genting Hong Kong in 2015. This luxury cruise line is headquartered in Los Angeles and offers all-inclusive packages for river, ocean, and expedition trips.
Lawsuits for injury aboard one of the Crystal, Ltd. boats must be filed in the United States District Court for the Central District of California in Los Angeles (Terms and Conditions)
Ocean liners operated by Crystal, Ltd. include:
- Crystal Serenity
- Crystal Symphony
The Crystal, Ltd. River Fleet consists of:
- Crystal Bach
- Crystal Debussy
- Crystal Mahler
- Crystal Ravel
Yacht and expedition vessels include:
- Crystal Esprit
- Crystal Endeavor
For nearly 200 years, Cunard has offered luxury accommodations aboard its various cruise ships. Offering event cruises, world voyages, transatlantic trips, and holiday specials.
Based at Carnival House at Southampton, England, Cunard is a subsidiary of Carnival Corporation, making lawsuits against Cunard following injury subject to the same regulations as the other fleets maintained by this cruise ship giant.
Lawsuits for injury aboard a Cunard Line vessel must be filed in the United States District Court for the Central District of California in Los Angeles (Passage Contract)
Incorporated in 1996 as Magical Cruise Company Limited, Disney cruises are exceptionally popular with families – particularly those with younger children. Offering a variety of family-friendly entertainment and activities, Disney maintains four cruise ships with destinations including Hawaii, the Panama Canal, and the Bahamas.
The operational headquarters of the Disney Cruise Line are in Florida. Lawsuits against Disney Cruise line must be filed in the United States District Court, Middle District of Florida Orlando Division in Brevard County (Cruise Ticket Contract)
The four ships in the Disney fleet are:
- Disney Dream
- Disney Fantasy
- Disney Magic
- Disney Wonder
Dream Cruises was founded in November 2015 and debuted one year later. It serves the Asian Pacific region with itineraries that include Mainland China, the Philippines, Indonesia, and Vietnam, among others.
Headquartered in Hong Kong, lawsuits against Dream Cruises must be filed in the Courts of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (Passage Contract)
Dream Cruises maintains a fleet of four ships:
- Genting Dream
- World Dream
- Explorer Dream
- Global Dream
Norwegian owned Fred. Olsen Cruise lines is headquartered in Ipswich, Suffolk. Offering both ocean and river cruises, Fred. Olsen maintains a fleet of smaller ships, enabling the line to offer a more intimate and passenger-focused experience.
Headquartered in the United Kingdom, lawsuits against Fred. Olsen must be filed in the Courts of England and Wales (Terms and Conditions)
Fred. Olsen maintains a fleet of five ships:
- Black Watch
Yet another subsidiary of the Carnival Corporation, Holland America offers cruises to destinations throughout the world, with several on-board activities, including live music. As with all Carnival Cruises, legal action must meet – at a minimum – the following criteria:
- Full details of the event and its consequences must be delivered in writing delivered within 185 days
- A lawsuit must be filed within one year of the event
- The claim must be served to the appropriate Carnival department within 120 days of filing the lawsuit
Lawsuits against Holland America must be filed in the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington at Seattle (Cruise Contract)
The Holland America fleet consists of 15 vessels:
- Nieuw Amsterdam
- Nieuw Statendam
Owned by the Mediterranean Shipping Company S.A, the second largest shipping container operator in the world, MSC Cruises travel all over the globe, including grand voyages to all of the populated continents.
Registered in Switzerland but based in Geneva, lawsuits against MSC Cruises for voyages that include a port in the US must be filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida in Ft. Lauderdale, Broward County. For voyages that do not include a port in the US: Courts of Naples, Italy (Terms and Conditions)
MSC Cruises currently maintains 19 vessels:
Founded in 1966 and incorporated in Bermuda, Norwegian Cruise Lines (“Norwegian” for short) is the third-largest cruise line in the world. Maintaining a fleet of 17 vessels, Norwegian offers cruises to major ports in America, Europe, Africa, and throughout the world.
Norwegian Cruise Lines is headquartered in Miami, Florida, Lawsuits against the company must be filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida in Miami-Dade County (Ticket Contract)
Ships in the Norwegian fleet include:
- Norwegian Bliss
- Norwegian Breakaway
- Norwegian Dawn
- Norwegian Encore
- Norwegian Epic
- Norwegian Escape
- Norwegian Gem
- Norwegian Getaway
- Norwegian Jade
- Norwegian Jewel
- Norwegian Joy
- Norwegian Pearl
- Norwegian Sky
- Norwegian Spirit
- Norwegian Star
- Norwegian Sun
- Pride of America
Offering short, 10-14 day cruises, Oceania Cruises is also known for longer, 190+ day excursions. The line offers enrichment classes, health and wellness treatments, and fine dining on all six of its vessels.
Based in Miami, Oceana is a subsidiary of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings. Lawsuits against the line must be filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida in Miami-Dade County (Guest Ticket Contract)
Oceania Cruises vessels include:
Maintaining smaller ships allows Pearl Seas Cruises to visit places larger vessels cannot. This enables Pearl to offer a more intimate and entirely unique experience. Destinations include Canada, the East Coast, the Great Lakes, and the Panama Canal with luxury accommodations including the largest staterooms in the industry.
Based in Connecticut, lawsuits against Pearl Seas Cruises must be filed in the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut in New Haven County (Terms and Conditions)
Only one vessel is operated by Pearl Seas Cruises:
- Pearl Mist
Princess Cruises began in 1965 with a single ship cruising to Mexico. Since its modest beginnings, the cruise line has grown to become one of the most recognizable brands in the industry and the second largest cruise line by net revenue. Princess Cruises is currently owned by Carnival Corporation. Offering a wealth of entertainment options and destination-themed activities, Princess Cruises maintains a fleet of 19 ships with destinations including Hawaii, Mexico, Europe, Asia and many more across the globe.
Headquartered in Santa Clarita, California, lawsuits against Princess Cruises must be filed in the United States District Court for the Central District of California in Los Angeles (Passage Contract)
Ships in the Princess Cruises fleet include:
- Caribbean Princess
- Coral Princess
- Crown Princess
- Diamond Princess
- Enchanted Princess
- Emerald Princess
- Golden Princess
- Grand Princess
- Island Princess
- Majestic Princess
- Pacific Princess
- Regal Princess
- Royal Princess
- Ruby Princess
- Sapphire Princess
- Sea Princess
- Sky Princess
- Star Princess
- Sun Princess
Formerly Radisson Seven Seas Cruises, Regent Seven Seas is currently a wholly owned subsidiary of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings. Regent Seven Seas offers ships with generally smaller passenger capacities. The company provides cruises that visit more than 300 ports throughout the globe, including Asia, Africa and the Caribbean.
Based in Miami Florida, lawsuits against Regent Seven Seas must be filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida in Miami-Dade County (Ticket Contract)
The 5-ship fleet of Regent Seven Seas includes:
- Seven Seas Explorer
- Seven Seas Mariner
- Seven Seas Navigator
- Seven Seas Explorer
- Seven Seas Voyager
Founded in 1968, Royal Caribbean International, formerly Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, is the second largest cruise line by passenger counts and the largest cruise line by revenue. Just a sampling of its many U.S. and international ports includes Alaska, Asia, and Australia.
Royal Caribbean International is based in Miami, Florida. Lawsuits against Royal Caribbean International must be filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida in Miami-Dade County (Cruise Ticket Contract)
Including four of the largest passenger ships in the world, Royal Caribbean International’s fleet includes the following ships:
- Adventure of the Seas
- Allure of the Seas
- Anthem of the Seas
- Brilliance of the Seas
- Empress of the Seas
- Enchantment of the Seas
- Explorer of the Seas
- Freedom of the Seas
- Grandeur of the Seas
- Harmony of the Seas
- Independence of the Seas
- Jewel of the Seas
- Legend of the Seas
- Liberty of the Seas
- Majesty of the Seas
- Mariner of the Seas
- Monarch of the Seas
- Navigator of the Seas
- Oasis of the Seas
- Odyssey of the Seas
- Ovation of the Seas
- Quantum of the Seas
- Radiance of the Seas
- Rhapsody of the Seas
- Serenade of the Seas
- Splendour of the Seas
- Symphony of the Seas
- Vision of the Seas
- Voyager of the Seas
Specializing in ultra-luxury cruises, Seabourn Cruise Line operates across the globe, offering packages from week-long cruises in the Caribbean to cruises around the world, lasting more than 100 days. Seabourn was founded in 1987 and is now owned by Carnival Corporation. The Yachts of Seaborne comprise smaller ships that visit ports that are inaccessible to larger ships. Seabourn destinations include Asia, Northern Europe, and the Caribbean, just to name a few.
Seabourn Cruise Line is headquartered in Seattle, Washington. Lawsuits against Seabourn Cruise Line must be filed in the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington at Seattle (Cruise Contract)
Seabourn Cruise Line maintains a fleet of five ships, including:
- Seabourn Encore
- Seabourn Odyssey
- Seabourn Ovation
- Seabourn Quest
- Seabourn Sojoum
SeaDream Yacht Club was founded in 2001. With a slogan of “it’s yachting, not cruising”, SeaDream delivers a luxurious, low-key alternative to big cruise line expeditions. Destinations of SeaDream Yacht Club currently include Asia-Pacific, northern Europe, the Caribbean, and the Mediterranean.
The headquarters of SeaDream Yacht Club are located in Oslo, Norway. Lawsuits against SeaDream Yacht Club must be filed in The Asker and Baerum District Court, Norway (Terms and Conditions)
SeaDream Maintains a fleet of just two small cruise ships:
- Seadream I
- Seadream II
Silversea Cruises is owned by Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. Founded in 1994, the luxury cruise line offers all-inclusive fares that include beverages, gratuities, travel insurance, port charges, and select complimentary shore excursions. Destinations include South America, New Zealand, Russian Far East, the Galapagos Islands, and many more.
Silversea Cruises is headquartered in Monaco. Lawsuits against Silversea Cruises must be filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida in Ft. Lauderdale, Broward County (Terms and Conditions)
The nine ships maintained in the Silversea Cruises fleet include:
- Silver Cloud Expedition
- Silver Discoverer
- Silver Explorer
- Silver Galapagos
- Silver Muse
- Silver Shadow
- Silver Spirit
- Silver Whisper
- Silver Wind
Star Cruises began operating its fleet in 1993. It serves the Asian Pacific region with destinations that include Japan and Taipei.
Star Cruises is headquartered in Hong Kong. Lawsuits against them must be filed in the Courts of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (Passage Contract).
Star Cruises has a fleet of 4 ships:
- SuperStar Gemini
- SuperStar Aquarius
- Star Pisces
- The Taipan
Established in 1976, Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection is a luxury river cruise company which currently operates more than 500 river cruises each year. These expeditions can last between a week and a month, depending on the chosen itinerary. In addition to its primary operations in Central and Western Europe, Uniworld also partners with groups in China, Eqypt, Russia and Portugal.
Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection is based in Los Angeles, California. Lawsuits for injury onboard a Uniworld vessel must be filed in the Superior Court of California, Los Angeles County, Van Nuys District (Terms and Conditions)
Vessels in the Uniworld Boutique River Cruises fleet include:
- Queen Isabel
- River Countess
- River Duchess
- River Empress
- River Princess
- River Queen
- S.S. Antoinette
- S.S. Beatrice
- S.S. Bon Voyage (previously S.S. Royale)
- S.S. Catherine
- S.S. Joie de Vivre
- S.S. Maria Theresa
- River Tosca
- Mekong Navigator
- Ganges Voyager II
- River Victoria
- Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer
Victory Casino Cruises offer an authentic Las Vegas casino experience in Florida. Cruises depart from Port Canaveral, Florida and range from five to six hours in duration. The multi-deck ships feature a full range of casino gaming options, including the state’s only roulette and craps tables, several slot machines, blackjack tables, and poker tables.
Victory Casino Cruises began in 2011. Lawsuits against the cruise line must be filed in Orlando, Florida (Brevard County)
The Victory Casino Cruises fleet includes:
- Victory I
Viking Cruises provides ocean and river cruises. The company was founded in 1997 in St. Petersburg, Russia as Viking River Cruises. In 2013, the Viking Ocean Cruises division was formed. Viking Ocean Cruises travel to various locations, including Northern Europe, the Caribbean and the Americas, among others. Viking River Cruises offer expeditions along the rivers of Egypt, China, Russia, Europe and more.
The operating headquarters of Viking Cruises is located in Basel, Switzerland; it’s marketing headquarters are in Los Angeles, California.
If the ship touched a US port, a lawsuit must be filed in the United States District Court for the Central District of California (Los Angeles, California)
If the ship did not touch a US port, lawsuits must be filed in the Civil Court of the Canton of Baselstadt (Zivilgericht Basel-Stadt, Switzerland)
Passenger Ticket Contract
Viking Ocean Cruises and Viking River Cruises maintain the following ships:
- Viking Jupiter
- Viking Orion
- Viking Sea
- Viking Sky
- Viking Star
- Viking Sun
- Viking Venus
Virgin Group, the British multinational venture capital conglomerate founded by Nik Powell and Sir Richard Branson, established Virgin Cruises in 2014, later rebranded as Virgin Voyages in 2016. Departing from Miami Florida, Virgin Voyages travels to ports in the Bahamas, Dominican Republic, Mexico, and Costa Maya.
Virgin Voyages is based in Plantation Florida. Lawsuits against Virgin Voyages must be filed with the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida in Miami-Dade County (Ticket Contract)
Currently, the Virgin Voyages fleet includes just two vessels:
- Scarlet Lady
- Valiant Lady (sailing in 2021)
Established in 1984 as Windstar Sail Cruises, Windstar Cruises operates a fleet of small luxury cruise ships. The cruise line travels to 150 ports throughout Central America, the Caribbean, the South Pacific, and Europe.
Headquartered in Seattle, Washington, lawsuits against Windstar Cruises must be filed in the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington at Seattle (Passage Contract)
The Windstar Cruises fleet includes:
- Wind Surf
- Wind Spirit
- Wind Star
- Star Pride
- Star Breeze
- Star Legend
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